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Linux and Open Source Digital Forensics Tools / Software

Mihai Criveti has published a list for digital forensics work. This page is worth bookmark:

Computer Forensics is a science and an art. And to perform it, you need tools to identify, acquisition, preserve and analyze data in a clean, safe, non-destructive manner. Lots of tools. Everything from data acquisition to virtualization and steganalysis.

A list of more or less free tools (mostly open source or freeware, but I have included some relevant commercial products) no digital forensics expert should be without

=> Digital Forensic Tools: Imaging, Virtualization, Cryptanalysis, Steganalysis, Data Recovery, Reverse Engineering

Open Source Alternative to Commercial Software

Webi has published a very comprehensive list of alternative "open source" applications to mainstream applications. It includes office applications, multimedia, graphics, networking and security applications.

=> Free and Open Source Software Directory (FLOSS/FOSS) [webi.org]

Stallman: if you want freedom don’t follow Linus Torvalds

The founder of the Free Software Foundation asks readers whether they will fight for freedom or be too lazy to resist. In an interview he talks about GPL v3 and many other things:

The fact that Torvalds says "open source" instead of "free software" shows where he is coming from. I wrote the GNU GPL to defend freedom for all users of all versions of a program. I developed version 3 to do that job better and protect against new threats.

Torvalds says he rejects this goal; that's probably why he doesn't appreciate GPL version 3. I respect his right to express his views, even though I think they are foolish. However, if you don't want to lose your freedom, you had better not follow him.

=> Read rest of the interview ... (via OSNews)

Let the flame war began ;)

Download of the day: EnGarde Secure Linux

EnGarde Secure Linux 3.0.15 has been released. EnGarde Secure Linux distributed as both community and paid supped model (just like RHEL).

According to release note:

This release includes many updated packages and bug fixes, some feature enhancements to Guardian Digital WebTool and the SELinux policy, and a few new features.

In distribution since 2001, EnGarde Secure Community was one of the very first security platforms developed entirely from open source, and has been engineered from the ground-up to provide users and organizations with complete, secure Web functionality, DNS, database, e-mail security and even e-commerce.

Download EnGarde Secure Linux

EnGarde Secure Linux Logo

=> You may download the ISO image for EnGarde Secure Linux by visiting this link. Or try this fast mirror (552MB)